Sunday, December 25, 2016

So I got these carded samples...

I was lucky to find these JP Jr. carded samples. I cannot say more about them, except that they are Not For Sale and are being posted here for archival reasons.



Also, watch my next post for a X-mas miracle!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Carnage Resaurus Triceratops

Carnage Resaurus Triceratops

If you want to see the full length review, go over to the Dino Toy Blog in the next couple of days :)

Carnage or Resaurus Stegosaurus

Carnage Resaurus Stegosaurusu Note: I'm going to be fully reviewing this at the Dinosaur Toy Blog, so for commentary on this beautiful dinosaur figure, go over there! I'll post the link when it's done. I'm using this blog as an image dump for it. Then again, the pictures speak for themselves.

Hey guys!

Hey! Long time no see! New reviews incoming to stay tuned, but we're going to do things a bit differently for a certain dinosaur series. You'll see...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Schleich The First Giants Dilophosaurus

Schleich First Giants Dilophosaurus

Out of all of this year's releases, the Dilophosaurus is the one I was most excited for, as this is my favorite dinosaur.

The new tradition with Schleich dinosaurs is their one point of articulation, which is the jaws. That's all it does.

Every First Giants figure comes with a roll out mini pamphlet a la Safari. This one includes the animal's information. I'm too lazy to type it here so just zoom in the picture.

I really like this figure. it's nicely textured, it has lots of details and I love the colors. However, the posed dinosaurs continue to annoy me, and the fact that it's so inaccurate; as the rest of its Schleich kin is continue to bother me greatly. The hands are in the wrong position and the skull looks a bit exaggerated.

It's not the first Schleich figure stuck in an awkward "look around turn" pose. It's not a bad figure. If you love Schleich this is for you. If you love figures of Dilophosaurus this is for you. It certainly works for me as I collect both.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Schleich The First Giants Giganotosaurus AND Schleich 2014 Giganotosaurus double review

Schleich Giganotosaurs

Initially I was just going to write this review for the First Giants Giganotosaurus but I decided to show the older one as well. We'll get to it in a bit.

I applaud Schleich for taking some risks, especially with the poses of their latest offerings, but if you've been following my Batman review site, you know I HATE POSED TOYS. I appreciate the opening and closing of the jaws, but this pose is not only physically impossible, it's ridiculous. It's so ridiculous it manages to be cool. This is a generic Giganotosaurus with nice colors. It's huge, but it's not an improvement over its predecessor. It's nicely detailed though and I dig the spiky crest running along the back, as well as the colors. But...I don't know. Something about Schleich's dinosaurs makes them feel tiresome after a while. Maybe it's because I also own The Most Bootlegged Dinosaur in the world...the other Schleich Giganotosaurus...But hey, let's give this one a round of applause. At least they're keeping their colors consistent for species even within different scales.

Woo! Applause! I'm not saying it's bad, but I'm paying too much for a top heavy dinosaur that is badly posed and that is no longer properly accurate. I recently sold one for $14. Most stores have it at $25+! Gyah! It does have a lot of personality, and it is rather impressive when you hold it. I'm completely divided on this figure. I love it and welcome it like all other dinosaur toys, but I hope Schleich has better stuff coming.

Their arms are in the wrong position! ARGH! Anyways I have decided that the big lighter one is the male and the smaller one is the female and that they are a coupled pair. Maybe the big one is the female. I don't know. I'm not gonna look under their legs. I like it how the followed the same basic body and color scheme, yet the former is lighter colored.

Lucky for me I got both of them free. Again, I like how they have the same basic art style. This dinosaur has been bootlegged several times. Go to any Target shop and you can find an exact mold for $5, while this is sometimes sold for $25. What matters most? Quality, materials or brand? This is such a generic looking dinosaur it's hard NOT to copy it!

I know why they gave this animal a lighter and brighter palette. Because this overly realistic color scheme is BORING. The blue Carnegie Giganotosaurus has better colors. Now, this figure is nice, but to see it pirated over and over again in such a short span of time in our major retailers lessens the prestige. There's a sort of prestige that we collectors have when we say we own "Carnegie, Schleich, Safari, Papo" and so forth dinos. While I feel that such a whole hierarchical system has fallen in favor of rarer, nicer dinos (Battat, Carnage...etc...), the prestige has been lost in owning this particular figure. It's sad, really. Eventually people will brag over how they had an original and not a copy.

Aww they look nice together though. Schleich is...I have mixed feelings about them. We all do. They aren't the best, but they deliver year after year dinosaurs that are consistent with their art style. Consistency is good, but when is consistency less important than scientific accuracy or democracy? What about economics? How about Schleich stops pressing weird dinos and starts making paleoartist accurate dinos from now on?